Please visit the following links for the latest updates from our local public agencies and school districts:
Santa Barbara County Food Bank - https://foodbanksbc.org/
Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) - https://www.sbunified.org/
Goleta Union School District (GUSD) - https://www.goleta.k12.ca.us/
Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) - https://www.cusd.net/
Santa Barbara County Office of Education - https://sbceo.org/
MTD - https://sbmtd.gov/
Santa Barbara Public Library - https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/lib/default.asp
Goleta Public Library - https://www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/goleta-valley-library
South Coast Economic Development Collaborative -
COVID-19 Business Resources
Cottage Care Now
Cottage Care Now’s local telemedicine program offers COVID-19 testing to those who qualify. No appointment needed.
- U.S. Government delays Tax deadline by 90 days
- U.S. Government orders lenders to offer homeowners flexibility -
Fannie Mae Info / Freddie Mac Info
- California extends tax filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities until July 15 due to COVID-19. Press Release Here
- California has waived the one-week waiting period for those who are unemployed or disabled by COVID-19. File a claim with the Employment Development Department.
- California will halt evictions, slow foreclosures and protect Californians against utility shutoffs. Read the Executive Order.
- The California Department of Motor Vehicles allows customers to avoid coming to the DMV office for 60 days.
MTD Bus Service
Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, Santa Barbara MTD will be lowering service levels on several lines associated with area educational institutions, in light of these schools ceasing campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. https://sbmtd.gov
Additionally, beginning Thursday, March 19, all MTD fixed-route bus service will be provided free of charge until further notice.
Beginning Friday, May 1st, 2020, MTD will require that all passengers wear a cloth face covering or mask in order to ride an MTD bus. A grace period through Tuesday, May 5th will be granted to provide the public with time to obtain an appropriate face covering.
- U-Haul is offering 30 days free self-storage to college students affected by the outbreak.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19. Read about it here.
During this time of uncertainty and required in-home learning, Cox is helping get families in need connected to the internet through our Connect2Compete program.
Effective Monday, March 16, we are providing:
- Limited-time, first month free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95/month thereafter
- Until May 15, 2020, we are providing phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs
- Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through our association with PCs for People
- A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access Download toolkit
To Qualify: Families with K-12 children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program, SNAP, and/or TANF; who receive Tenant-Based Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers or Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); and/or who live in Public Housing
For the next 60 days, AT&T will not terminate service for any wireless, home phone, or broadband residential or small bus customer due to the inability to pay. They will also do the following:
- Waive late payment fees.
- Keep their public Wi-Fi hotspots open for anyone who needs them.
- The service will also be offering unlimited internet data and offer internet access for limited-income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.
- For more details, click HERE.
Charter, Spectrum and Comcast are offering two months of free internet to low-income households. WiFi hotspots will also be open for the public.
- Charter and Spectrum: 1-844-488-8395
- Comcast: 855-846-8376 for English speakers or 855-765-6995 for Spanish speakers
- The company is opening its Xfinity WiFi network for free along with providing unlimited data. To help people stay connected with school and work, Comcast is opening up their Xfinity WiFi network for everyone, as well as: Hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-subscribers. You can find a map of hot spots here. Just use “xfinitywifi” network name and launch a browser.
- Data plans will be paused for 60 days, which will give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
- No late disconnects or late fees for those who contact the company about not being able to pay their bill.
- Internet Essentials, their broadband adoption program, is free to new customers. For more information, click HERE.
Verizon Free WiFi
- The company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
- Waiving late fees for those impacted by COVID-19
- Tripling data allowance for Verizon Innovative Learning schools.
- For more information, click HERE.
Charter Spectrum Free WiFi
- Free spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don't have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
- Open WiFi hotspots.
- For more information, click HERE.
- Won’t terminate service if customers are unable to pay due to coronavirus issues
- Waive late fees caused by economic disturbances related to the coronavirus pandemic
- By 3/17: Customers with international long-distance plans will get complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.
- By 3/19: Customers with metered data plans will have unlimited data per month for 60 days at no extra cost
- Customers will get an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days.
- Coming soon: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets without a hotspot will get 20GB per month for 60 days at no extra cost.
- For more information, click HERE.
- All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have data plans will have unlimited smartphone data, excluding roaming.
- T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers will get an additional 20GB of mobile hotspots/tethering service for the next 60 days. The company says this feature will be coming soon.
- Work with Lifeline partners to get customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over
the next two months
Increase data allowance for free to schools and students for the next 60 days, which means at least 20GB of data per month for each participant
- For more information, click HERE.
Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees, effective immediately, for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. For more information, visit: https://sce.com/billhelp. Learn more about what SCE is doing in response to COVID-19 here.
302 Meigs Rd., Santa Barbara
In order to better serve customers, Lazy Acres has temporarily changed store hours: senior (62+) shopping hour 6am-7am daily; amended store hours 7am-7pm daily. This will allow them to:
1. Restock shelves, ensuring they have as many items available as possible
2. Continue sanitization protocols
3. Provide additional support to their team members
For more information click here
3305 State St., Santa Barbara
Gelson’s is offering “Seniors only” hours from 7-8am for customers aged 65 and over (will check IDs). Regular store hours are 8am-8pm.
3025 DeLaVina, Santa Barbara
222 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara
5767 Calle Real, Santa Barbara
Beginning Monday, March 16 and until further notice, all Trader Joe’s stores will be open from 9am-7pm to support Crew Members in taking care of one another and customers.
210 Cliff Dr.
163 S. Turnpike
1040 Coast Village Rd. (Montecito)
7127 Hollister Ave. (Goleta)
5801 Calle Real (Goleta)
1018 Casitas Pass Rd. (Carpinteria)
Albertsons and Vons Markets are reserving two hours every Tuesday and Thursday morning (7-9am) for vulnerable shoppers, including senior citizens, pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems "who have been advised to avoid leaving home as much as possible."
Whole Foods Market
3761 State St., Santa Barbara
Customers aged 60 and over may shop one hour before the store opens to the public (7-8am). Regular store hours are from 8am-9pm.
6865 Hollister Ave. (Goleta)
3890 State St. (Santa Barbara)
Target stores are reserving the first hour of shopping (8-9am) for elderly customers and those with underlying health conditions. Guest-facing surfaces will be cleaned/sanitized at least every 30 minutes. Target stores are open from 8am-9pm daily.
- Food Pantry Drive Thru Food DistributionWhen: Wednesday 7/1 from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pmWhere: West Campus Parking Lot 5-1What: Free prepackaged bags of nonperishable foods*While supplies last*Important: Please practice safe social distancing for this event.
- Only 1 household per car
- Walk up station available if you do not have access to a car. (please stay in cars if possible)
- Please disinfect all items when you get home
Vengan a la distribución de comida
Cuándo: Miércoles 1 de Julio de 2:30 a 4:00 pm
Dónde: Estacionamiento del Campo del Oeste (West Campus) Piso 5-1
Qué: Bolsas preempaquetadas de alimentos no perecederos
*Hasta que se acaben las bolsas*
Importante: Mantenga las reglas de distanciamiento social para este evento.
- Solamente 1 familia por vehículo
- Si no tiene auto, puede venir en persona, pero mantenga 6 pies de distancia de los demás (pero si viene en auto, mantengase en su auto porfavor)
- Desinfecte todos los artículos cuando llegue a casa.
Santa Barbara County Food Bank
South County Flyer - English and Spanish
North County Flyer - English and Spanish
The Santa Barbara Food Bank is holding additional food distributions in order to meet the growing need in the community caused by COVID-19. The food at these sites is distributed in a way that utilizes social distancing and follows CDC-recommendations. Many locations offer a drive-thru option to minimize contact, and others schedule food pick-up appointments for individuals to prevent crowds. Visit https://foodbanksbc.org/get-help/ to learn more.
Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD)
During school closures, local schools are offering bagged lunches for children 18 years and younger for pick-up from 11:30am-1pm. Meals are offered for curbside pick-up and children must be present to receive the lunches. For more information and participating schools, click here.
Goleta Union School District (GUSD)
Pickup and Delivery Dining Guide
The Santa Barbara Zoo has been temporarily closed since March 17 to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more information: sbzoo.org/about/coronavirus-info/
MOXI (The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation) has been closed to the public since March 14 and remain closed through the end of March at this time. Click here for more information: http://www.moxi.org/covid
SB Unified School District - Learning at Home / Resources for Families
PBS At-Home Learning - broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning.
Girls Rock Santa Barbara is offering live online classes, starting Monday, March 16, for kids in grades 5-12. These classes are co-ed, via Zoom, and have a suggested donation for the teachers. Find the classes here.
Yoga and Mindfulness for kids: Cosmic Kids Yoga